Last week growing degree days = 177
Historical average growing degree days = 162
Growing degree days since planting = 2670
Historical average since planting = 2356
Another slightly-warmer-than-normal week, and since we haven't seen much rain, the corn is forced to dig its roots down deep for whatever moisture might be hiding in the soil. We're now only a few days away from reaching the black layer stage when the kernels stop growing and start drying out.